Issue 987 - 19 Feb 2015
On 15 February, a picture was circulated of Mohammed
Ali Al-Houthi, chairman of the Supreme
Revolutionary Committee set up less than a week
before as Houthi rebels swept aside Yemen’s established organs
of power. The photograph showed him presiding over a meeting
inside the presidential palace in Sanaa, and its symbolism was
clear: with Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who resigned as
president of Yemen on 22 January (GSN 986/11), under house
arrest, Al-Houthi was effectively being anointed head of state,
even as the state he was intended to govern was disintegrating
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